OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are ready to rumble again.
Two years after slugging it out in a Western Conference semifinal series that went the full seven games, the two rough-and-tumble rivals will square off again starting in Game 1 in Oklahoma City on Sunday.
The Thunder prevailed against Memphis in the last playoff series, which featured a triple-overtime game and another with just one overtime. There's been no love lost since then between the teams, who combined for nine technical fouls in three meetings this season. (See full preview).
Knicks ready for Pacers
NEW YORK -- Carmelo Anthony likes Eastern Conference playoff basketball, even the pounding and pain that goes with it.
The wide-open West was fun, with more scoring and less defense, and it certainly didn't hurt as much. But coming off his first series victory since leaving Denver - and his team's first in 13 years - he has adapted to the way it is on the other side.
And here comes a team that represents it as well as anyone.
The Indiana Pacers are rough and tough, but the New York Knicks say they're ready for it when the teams renew an old postseason rivalry Sunday to begin the second round. (See full preview).